Raw Caramel Slice

This is one of my old favourite desserts but I always find the real version to be too sickly sweet. So I created my own. Here is a fantastic healthier version without all the unhealthy ingredients like excess sugar, unhealthy fats and processed ingredients. It is one of my absolute favourite Smart Sweets. The healthier versions are also full of nutrient goodness with only wholefood ingredients. So, it’s a win win!

 

Ingredients

Base:

  • 1/2 cup (50 g) almonds
  • 1/2 cup (50 g) pecans
  • 6 dates
  • pinch of sea salt

Caramel Filling:

  • 1 ¼ cup (200 g) cashews
  • 6 dates
  • 4 tbsp almond butter
  • 6 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp rice malt or honey
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Chocolate layer:

  • 4 tbsp cacao powder
  • 4 tbsp rice malt or honey
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil

Directions

  1. Soak the cashews 2 – 4 hours, then drain and rinse well (optional, but soaking gives them a creamier consistency).
  2.  Line a 10” x 6” (6 cm x 15 cm) slice tin or baking pan with baking/wax paper.
  3. For the Base: Coarsely process the almonds and pecans in a food processor or high-powered blender until a crumb consistency forms. Then add the dates and sea salt until well mixed. Press the mixture into the tin evenly then refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  4. For the Filling: Blend the cashews, dates, almond butter, coconut oil, rice malt, sea salt and vanilla in a high powered blender to get a smooth consistency. Blend until smooth and creamy. Pour the filling into the tin to cover the base evenly and place in the fridge for a further 2 hours or more.
  5. For the chocolate layer: On low heat in a medium sauce pan, combine the coconut oil, cacao and rice malt until smooth and runny. Allow to cool slightly then pour onto the caramel layer once this has set well, then place in the fridge for another 1 – 2 hours.
  6. Remove from the fridge and cut into squares and store in fridge.
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours, 40 minutes

Servings: 24

Substitutions

  • Nuts – interchange with any nut you desire such as brazil nuts, pecans or walnuts
  • Dates – raisins, currants, sultanas
  • Almond butter – any other nut butter will work well
  • Rice Malt – maple syrup, honey
  • Cacao – carob

Calories: 200

Fat: 14g

Trans Fat: 6g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 60mg

Carbohydrates: 18g

Fiber: 2g

Sugars: 13g

Protein: 3g